Colorful Shrimp and Quinoa Salad

I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ll say it again. Hubby spoils me. He packs my lunch every morning before work while I’m getting ready. It works out well since we ride to work together. So every morning, he packs me all sorts of healthy snacks to keep me full throughout the day.

I love eating salads for lunch. I usually go with this Massaged Kale Salad with Pear and Pumpkin Seeds. But sometimes I like to mix things up. I was browsing foodgawker and this recipe caught my eye. Lucky for me, we had all of the ingredients on hand!

This Colorful Shrimp and Quinoa Salad kept well in the fridge and did a good job of keeping me full in to the afternoon. I loved the punch of sweetness provided by the pomegranate arils.

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Colorful Shrimp and Quinoa Salad

Shrimp, black beans, and quinoa mixed up to make a great healthy salad

Yield: Serves 4-5

Ingredients:

For the Salad
1 lb steamed shrimp
1/2 cup dry quinoa
1/3 cup red onion, chopped
1 orange, peeled and segments chopped
1 avocado, chopped
1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup pomegranate arils (about 1 pomegranate worth)
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
salt & pepper

For the Dressing
2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, microplaned or finely minced
dash of sugar
salt & pepper
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

For the Salad
Cook quinoa according to package directions. Set aside to cool.

Combine cooled quinoa with shrimp, red onion, orange segments, avocado, beans, pomegranate arils, cilantro, salt and pepper.

For the Dressing
Add lemon juice, garlic, sweetener, salt and pepper into a small bowl and whisk in oil.

Pour dressing over the salad and stir to combine. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Recipe adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

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6 Responses to “Chicken and Artichokes in Wine Sauce”

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    Tiffany — June 25, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I have that cookbook! I have been very pleased with the recipes that I’ve made from there. This one sounds great.

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    Coconut Recipes — June 25, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Love artichokes, this sounds great.

    -Sarah.j.s.

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    Julie — June 25, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I’m sure I would love this, the flavors all sound wonderful together 🙂

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    nutmegnanny — June 26, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    This sounds delicious! I love the idea of picking a new recipe once a week. I know my other and half and I try to do the same too. It’s all to easy to eat the same food over and over again.

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    Kerstin — June 27, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    I love mushrooms and artichokes – looks like such a perfect way to enjoy chicken! I try to make one new recipe every week too.

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    Val — June 27, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Your blog is amazing, You food looks divine and your photography is outstanding!!!

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